MBA and Master of Finance Student Projects
The Rady School is committed to providing opportunities for action learning for our MBA and Master of Finance students, and the school works actively with companies who have projects and are interested in our students.
MBA Student Projects
MBA students complete projects for academic credit under faculty supervision in several formats.
This two-quarter course sequence focuses on "idea to marketplace" and engages student teams in evaluating the commercial potential of business opportunities. Project ideas must be significant market opportunities in the science and technology sectors including sustainability and social enterprise innovations that have a base in science or technology. Projects sponsored by companies and research institutes are of interest to students and the school.
Business Consulting Course
In this one-quarter class student teams, under faculty supervision, serve as consultants for organizations seeking assistance with specific business problems. Projects are proposed by companies or nonprofit organizations. Faculty approve specific projects for the course based on their educational value for Rady MBAs.
MBA students may engage in Independent Study under the direction of Rady faculty. Most Independent Study projects are proposed by companies or nonprofit organizations. Faculty agree to supervise student teams on specific projects based on their educational value for Rady MBAs.
Short projects in other classes
Some Rady electives include projects. Such courses often allow students to identify companies for their required projects. Learning objectives are specific to the particular course and instructor.
Master of Finance Student Projects
Master of Finance students complete a capstone Applied Finance Project. Projects address an empirical topic in finance but could also cover more technical areas including estimation, forecasting and testing of financial market models or quantitative models in a closely related subject such as data mining. Company-sponsored projects typically come from companies in the financial services sector and involve, in addition to publicly available market data, the use of company-provided data in order to develop a model or answer a question significant for the organization and its business. Projects should involve financial data from the equity, fixed income, options, hedge funds, structured products, or other financial markets. Projects are identified in spring quarter and completed under faculty supervision during the summer quarter.
Please note that Rady operates on the quarter system, and student projects undertaken for academic credit must begin and be completed within a quarter's ten-week academic schedule.
If your company has a specific need and would like the assistance of a Rady MBA student team, please complete this form. Projects submitted will be posted and available for student and faculty review on our MBA Project Opportunities website for six months or until taken by a student group or removed upon your request. Any interested students or faculty will contact you directly in order to begin work on the project.
If your organization has a project that does not fit within this framework or that could be accomplished by an individual student, you may wish to post it as an internship. Many Rady MBAs take on short-term, part-time internships during their academic program, as well as full-time during the summer between the two years of the Full-Time MBA program. Internships are usually paid. If you have an internship, Rady's Rady Graduate Career Connections provides a job-posting website and a student resume database accessible to employers.